Is Annexation The Appropriate Term?

The opinions expressed on this webpage represent those of the individual authors and, unless clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of TBS. The controversial Tzipi Hotovely – Israel’s new voice in Britain The announcement of Hotovely’s forthcoming appointment was the signal for immediate objections from left-wing Jewish opinion in Britain. By NEVILLE TELLER  - JULY 17, 2020   At 42, Tzipi Hotovely is still comparatively “young” in the political realm. Indeed her youth, allied to her outstanding abilities as student, lawyer and politician, has marked her career. In 2009, she was the youngest member in the 18th Knesset. From 2013 onward, she served as a youthful government minister in three departments of state. Later this year, she will become Her Excellency the Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Court of St. James  the official designation of ambassadors to Britain. No stranger to controversy,…

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How to bargain in the Middle East

The opinions expressed on this webpage represent those of the individual authors and, unless clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of TBS. How to bargain in the Middle East No peace, No peace plans, No price for Peace (A short guide to those obsessed with peace)    By Moshe Sharon - South Florida Jewish Home June 2, 2011   Everybody says that his donkey is a horse. There is no tax on words. (Two Arab proverbs)   On December 24th 1977, at the very beginning of the negotiations between Israel and Egypt in Ismailia , I had the opportunity to have a short discussion with Muhammad Anwar Sadat the president of Egypt . "Tell your Prime Minister," he said, "that this is a bazaar; the merchandise is expensive." I told my Prime Minister but he failed to abide by the rules of the bazaar. The failure…

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‘East Jerusalem is Israeli, open the city’

The opinions expressed on this webpage represent those of the individual authors and, unless clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of TBS. 'East Jerusalem is Israeli, open the city’ Amid some ambivalence, the government moved speedily toward annexation immediately after 1967 Six Day War By ABRAHAM RABINOVICH  - JUNE 4, 2020 20:45   In the run-up to the Six Day War, amid disputes among Israeli decision-makers over the way forward, there was one point of consensus – Israel would not seek to annex territory at the war’s end. In 1956, prime minister David Ben-Gurion had attempted to do so following Operation Kadesh and was threatened by Washington with economic sanctions and by Moscow with missiles. As defense minister Moshe Dayan would put it to his colleagues this time, 11 years later, “We have no territorial objective whatsoever.”   History, however, would prove to have a…

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DNA analysis of Dead Sea Scrolls unveils their once secret origin

The opinions expressed on this webpage represent those of the individual authors and, unless clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of TBS.  DNA analysis of Dead Sea Scrolls unveils their once secret origin “We came up with the idea of using the genetic information of the skin they were written on to investigate the possible connection between different fragments." By ROSSELLA TERCATIN - Jeruslem Post - JUNE 2, 2020   At least some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were most likely not manufactured locally but made their way at some later point to the unique community that amassed the library in the Qumran Caves, a project extracting and analyzing the DNA from the parchments has revealed.   For decades, scholars have been debating the origin of the extraordinary collection of hundreds of manuscripts collated in the heart of the Judean Desert. The seven-year-long endeavor carried…

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As post-Soviet immigration turns 30… What about Ruth?

The opinions expressed on this webpage represent those of the individual authors and, unless clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of TBS.  As post-Soviet immigration turns 30, what conclusions can be drawn? The largest immigration in Zionist history was pulled in by the Israeli establishment’s one part, and actively rejected by its other part, the Chief Rabbinate. By AMOTZ ASA-EL MAY 27, 2020 RUTH IN Boaz’s field. Conversion dilemmas are now a national affair, not a personal one. (photo credit: JULIUS SCHNORR VON CAROLSFELD/WIKIPEDIA)   ‘The times spat at me, so I spat back at the times,” said Russian poet Andrei Voznesensky, who wrestled with Soviet censors by reciting in packed stadiums his lines of inspiration, defiance, and hope.   Something of that two-way spitting happened with his former countrymen’s journey to the Jewish state.     The Russian-speaking immigration was spat on by the…

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Crypto-Jewish recipes dating to Inquisition

The opinions expressed on this webpage represent those of the individual authors and, unless clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of TBS. Cache of Crypto-Jewish recipes dating to Inquisition found in Miami kitchen New cookbook features unique kosher dishes unwittingly prepared by generations of a Catholic Cuban-Spanish family with hidden Sephardic Jewish roots By Renee Ghert-Zand 27 September 2019 Chuletas, a unique Crypto-Jewish presentation for a French toast creation. This is a sweet dairy recipe that turns bread and milk into a "pork chop." (Courtesy of Genie Milgrom) A few years ago, Genie Milgrom came across a treasure trove of old recipes stashed away in her elderly mother’s kitchen drawers. There were hundreds of them — some in tattered notebooks, others scribbled on crumbling scraps of paper. Upon closer examination, it became apparent to Milgrom that these were the handwritten notations of generations of women…

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Pay a Sephardi to complete an Ashkenazi Minyan

The epidemic that brought Jews back to Jerusalem Fleeing a Galilean plague, a handful of the Vilna Gaon’s students rewrote the holy city’s history By ZACK ROTHBART   MAY 21, 2020   The 'Vilna Gaon Map' is believed to be a copy of a map drawn by the Gaon, which was illustrated by his students shortly after his death around 1800. (photo credit: ERAN LAOR CARTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION/NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL) A century ago, the Spanish Plague killed tens of millions of people globally. A century before that, communities throughout the eastern Mediterranean were devastated by a bubonic plague outbreak, which reached the ancient Galilean city of Safed in 1812, quickly decimating its population. Just a few years prior, three waves totaling some five hundred followers of the Vilna Gaon – one of Jewish history’s intellectual and spiritual giants – had come to the Land of Israel from White Russia, fulfilling…

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Another Nelson Needed, Not Necessarily Admiral Horatio Nelson

The opinions expressed on this webpage represent those of the individual authors and, unless clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of TBS. Empire of Wealth by John Steele Gordon. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States dramatically increased military production. The operation was coordinated by Donald Nel­son, who had been the executive vice president of Sears Roebuck and would now head the newly created War Production Board: "In the first six months of 1942, the [U.S.] government gave out more than $100 billion in military contracts, more than the entire gross national product of 1940. In the war years, American industry turned out 6,500 naval ves­sels; 296,400 airplanes; 86,330 tanks; 64,546 landing craft; 3.5 million jeeps, trucks, and personnel carriers; 53 million deadweight tons of cargo vessels; 12 million rifles, carbines, and machine guns; and 47 mil­lion tons of artillery shells, together with…

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Do we worship Hashem or Halacha?

The opinions expressed on this webpage represent those of the individual authors and, unless clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of TBS. Do we worship Hashem or Halacha? At the end of the day, as last week’s Torah portion proclaims, Hashem holds most dear the principle in which he packages His halachot and mitzvot: “And you shall live by them.” By STEWART WEISS  MAY 7, 2020 14:05 I first became acquainted with this phenomenon some years ago when I received a call, shortly before Passover, from a woman I did not know. She was calling to ask me whether a certain product contained any hametz in it. Not familiar with the item, I asked her to begin by reading the list of ingredients. She had hardly begun when I interrupted her and said, “Sorry to tell you this, but that product is not kosher.” “I…

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Why a full Kinneret means more than just hydrology

The opinions expressed on this webpage represent those of the individual authors and, unless clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of TBS. Why a full Kinneret means more than just hydrology By ROSSELLA TERCATIN -  APRIL 13, 2020 After an abundant rain hit Israel over the last weekend, the Water Authority announced that the level of its waters reached its full capacity, marking a record since 2004. For a long time, scarcity of water represented one of Israel’s major challenges. As the third decade of the 21st century opened though, this is no longer true, thanks to a rapid advancement in water-related technologies that have been able to turn previously unusable resources – sea and waste waters – into major supplies. Yet, very few in the country have not been rejoicing in the fact that during the past two winters the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) level has…

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